We commend him to you as the answer to your life’s deepest needs and questions.
Please be sure to have a look at the "Who is Jesus" presentation.
Illustrations - His Life
THE CONSTANT CHRIST - “The legs of the lame are not equal”
There is a way that seems right to a man but the legs of his thinking are unequal
and in the circling eddy of his life he is swept to delusion and on death.In
refreshing contrast it is written of the Christ*
He stands in the perfect balance of grace and truth; erect in all the fairness
of unsullied manhood; rooted in all the essential nature of His deity. As man
in all His walk,
Zeal of Christ
‘Even Christ pleased not Himself.’ He was utterly consumed in the
zeal of His Father’s house. As man He ever moved for God. As God He ever
moved for man.
JESUS’ FULLMENT OF PROPHECY SETS HIM APART FROM OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS.
Dr. Charles C. Ryrie has pointed out that, by the law of chance, it would require two hundred billion earth’s, populated with four billion people each, to come up with one person who could achieve one hundred accurate prophecies without errors in sequence. But the Bible records not one hundred but over three hundred prophecies that Jesus fulfilled!
Christ let everyone know
Christ let everyone know what he thought of blind eyes and deaf ears and broken hearts: They didn’t repel him; they compelled him. And two thousand years hasn’t changed his mind about us. He’d still rather dine with the destitute, call on the crippled, and welcome the wayward. It’s hard to comprehend sometimes, isn’t it?
HUGS FROM HEAVEN: EMBRACED BY THE SAVIOR by Caron Loveless, Howard Publishing
Co., West Monroe, LA, 1998, p. 5.
ONE SOLITARY LIFE
Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure for much of the human race. All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever sailed, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of a man upon this earth as powerfully as this "One Solitary Life."
the FDA for turning water into wine without a license,
he EPA for killing fig trees,
the AMA for practicing medicine without a license,
the Dept. of Health for asking people to open graves, for raising the dead and for feeding 5,000 people in the wilderness,
the NEA for teaching without a certificate,
OSHA for walking on water without a lifejacket and for flying without an airplane,
the SPCA for driving hogs into the sea,
the NATIONAL BOARD of PSYCHIATRISTS for giving advice on how to
live a guiltfree life,
the NOW for not choosing a woman apostle,
the ABORTION RIGHTS LEAGUE for saying that whoever harms children, it is better that they had never been born,
the INTERFAITH MOVEMENT for condemning all other religions, and by the ZONING DEPT for building mansions without a permit. Guess Who? Peter T. Forsythe was right when he said, “The first duty of every soul is to find not its freedom but its Master.”
Warren W. Wiersbe, THE INTEGRITY CRISIS (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991), p. 22.
JESUS ACCEPTING HIM
The very wealthy English Baron Fitzgerald had only one child, a son, who understandably
was the apple of his eye, the center of his affections, an only child, the focus
of this little family's attention.
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Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet.
Ernest Renan said: "Jesus was the greatest religious genius that ever lived. His beauty is eternal, and his reign shall never end. Jesus is in every respect unique, and nothing can be compared with him. All history is incomprehensible without Jesus Christ."
We know that Jesus lived.
In the Old Testament we have preparation for Christ;
-- Warren Wiersbe, Be Free, p. 85.
After renowned missionary Johnathan Goforth (1859-1936) had spoken in a chapel
in southern China, a man asked to talk to him.
See: John 6:35-58
-- J.B. Phillips
See: Mat 14:23; John 11:1-15
Howard Hendricks drew this from John 13:3, a valuable insight and application:
Howard Hendricks, "The Problem of Discrimination," Moody Bible Institute Founder's Week Messages, 1979, p.145-146.
See: John 13:3-8; 1 Pet 5:2-4
How Jesus looks at men.
When Jesus decided to change Peter's name in John 1:42, it demonstrated how Jesus looks at men. He does not only see what a man is; he also sees what a man can become. He sees not only the actualities in a man; he also sees the possibilities. Jesus looked at Peter and saw in him not only a Galilaean fisherman but one who had it in him to become the rock on which his church would be built. Jesus sees us not only as we are, but as we can be; and he says: "Give your life to me, and I will make you what you have it in you to be." Once someone came on Michelangelo chipping away with his chisel at a huge shapeless piece of rock. He asked the sculptor what he was doing. "I am releasing the angel imprisoned in this marble," he answered. Jesus is the one who sees and can release the hidden hero in every man.
-- William Barclay's Commentary on The Gospel of John
See: Matt 4:19; Phil 1:6; Heb 13:20-21
Khrushchev and the Kingdom of God
Nikita Khrushchev once boasted that he would exhibit the last Soviet Christian on television by 1965. Khrushchev has since gone to give account of himself to the Judge of all mankind, and his deadline for the extinction of Christianity in Russia has also passed. Throughout history, so-called big men and little men have strutted across the stages of life defying God. But as Psalm 145:13 promises, "Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations."
See: Psa 2:2
Life enriched by this humble Carpenter of Nazareth
An anonymous author made this striking comparison: "Socrates taught for
40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only 3. Yet the influence
of Christ's 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined
130 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest philosophers
of all antiquity.
The Garden of Eden
At the beginning God put man into a garden; what for? So that he might admire the flowers and pluck the fruits? No! "To dress it and to keep it." He put him into the garden in order that man might put his God-made hand on God's unfinished work and finish it.
The Garden of Eden was a garden of potentialities, waiting for the touch of man to make it perfect.
God placed man in it, and said, Now touch it with labor, and it will laugh at you with flowers.
PEACE BY THE CROSS By G. CAMPBELL MORGAN
Suppose Christianity is not a religion but a way of life, a falling in love with
God, and, through Him, a falling in love with our fellows. Of course, such a way
is hard and costly, but it is also joyous and rewarding even in the here-and-now.